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Transfer of powers on Policing and Justice crucial

10 August, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing and Justice Gerry Kelly has said that 'the issues of policing and justice must be dealt with as part of any holistic deal and that powers must be transferred at the earliest possible opportunity'.

Mr Kelly said:

". Political unionism needs to come to terms with this fact that Sinn Féin represents the majority of nationalist opinion and that if there is to be a comprehensive package then the range of issues which are of concern to nationalists and republicans must be comprehensively dealt with.

" These include the core issues of Equality, Human Rights, Demiltarisation and of course the issue of transfer of Policing and Justice powers away from London at the earliest possible opportunity. Any undue delay in this is totally unacceptable." ENDS

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